Cardinals to honor seniors, host Goucher Saturday at DuFour

Cardinals to honor seniors, host Goucher Saturday at DuFour

WASHINGTON - With a bid to the Landmark Conference Tournament already secure, CUA looks to improve its seeding in the upcoming tourney when the Cardinals play host to Goucher inside the DuFour Center on Senior Night.  After honoring its six-member Class of 2011 prior to tip-off, CUA will look to keep things rolling as the Cardinals have won five straight at home and six of seven overall.

Last weekend CUA jumped all over Drew en route to a dominating 43-point victory against the Rangers on Friday, and then on Saturday, the Cardinals downed Merchant Marine Academy 66-64 in a thrilling down-to-the-wire finish.  CUA's defense held strong and forced the Mariners into a tough three-point attempt that was off the mark at the buzzer to lift the Cardinals into a three-way tie with Drew and USMMA in the conference standings.

CUA honors its senior class Saturday night prior to tip-off.  The six members of the CUA Basketball Class of 2011 include: manager Ryan Hyland, R.J. Dixon, Jason Banzhaf, Brian Baker, Ryan Horka, and Spencer Reed.  During their time at CUA, these six young men have led the Cardinals to 63 victories, three Landmark Conference Tournament appearances and a pair of bids to the ECAC Tournament.  The Class of 2011 has combined for 3,589 career points and 1,582 rebounds.

After going 3-4 during the first round of conference play, CUA has had revenge on its mind of late, rattling off five wins in its last six games.  During that time, the Cardinals are scoring over 19 points per game more than their opponent, outrebounding them by 10.2 per game and only once has an opponent scored more than 65 points.

Riding high after a big win over Drew last weekend on its Senior Night, Goucher comes into this weekend looking to close the season out with a win.  The Gophers downed Drew 63-56 on February 12 as Goucher closed the game on a 7-0 run to earn its fourth Landmark Conference victory of the season.  Marcus Cotton led the home team with 17 points, while Trae Lindsay and Colby Giacubeno scored 15 apiece.

For the season, Lindsay is the Gopher's leading scorer at 12.5 per game with Shane Yambor (12.4) and Giacubeno (11.1) not far behind.  Goucher is scoring only 60.7 points per game and allowing over 68.  The Gophers are also shooting only 29.7 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

For more information on this weekend's game vs. Goucher, check out CUA's game notes.

Check out this feature story on CUA senior standout Jason Banzhaf.

Saturday's contest between CUA and Goucher will get going at 7:30 p.m. from inside the DuFour Center.  CUA will broadcast the game live on